Make Health Fest Coming August 16!

We Make Health Fest Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014 University of Michigan Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Rooms Short Description "A collaborative event for a local and virtual community interested in health, technology, and participatory design. Join us for a full day of health themed design and maker activities!" Longer Description Many types of events are being … Continue reading Make Health Fest Coming August 16!

Tracking the Trends in Emerging Technologies

Trying to do strategic planning? Want to know what's looming on the horizon? I've been working on a little meta-analysis of emerging technology reports and the trends they identify. The top reported technologies and trends were these. 5 of 10 3d printing learning analytics 4 of 10 Additive manufacturing Big data Flipped classroom Games & … Continue reading Tracking the Trends in Emerging Technologies

The Future of Genomic Medicine #FOGM14 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 21, 2014)

The image above is from one of the earliest studies on the genetics of clefting done here at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Those were the days, weren't they? You had to track signs and symptoms across generations, for decades, trying to deduce large scale patterns. Now we spit in a tube and … Continue reading The Future of Genomic Medicine #FOGM14 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 21, 2014)

Future Day — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 3, 2014)

This past weekend, March 1st, was the second annual celebration of Future Day. As an emerging technologies person, I try to pay attention to this. While the primary hashtag was #FutureDay, there were several others that seemed to pop up along with it, of which some of the more interesting ones included: #4futr #futr #futureday … Continue reading Future Day — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 3, 2014)

What if your patient is a self-tracker? — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 17, 2014)

There were many Twitter tags and events last week that I really wanted to profile (and I hope there is time in the future to come back to some of the others!). The reason this topic won out over the others is because I participated in TWO events that focused on this question! One was … Continue reading What if your patient is a self-tracker? — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 17, 2014)

Exploding & Exploring #PGSethics (via #23andMe vs the #FDA) — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of December 2, 2013)

RiskBites: 23andMe, FDA and DNA health profiling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZXDtTNqDuQ As you've probably already heard, on November 22nd the FDA sent a Warning Letter to the personal genomics company 23andMe. As someone who has participated in clinical studies about personal genomics and blogs (occasionally) about this area, my social media streams have been EXPLODING! Just through Twitter … Continue reading Exploding & Exploring #PGSethics (via #23andMe vs the #FDA) — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of December 2, 2013)

What do YOU think are important technologies to track?

We want to know what you think are the most important emerging technologies to be tracking. This brief six question survey was previously posted here, but will be closing shortly (September 15, 2013), so this is a quick reminder to please tell us what you think is most important! Take the survey! http://bit.ly/MLASRetech About the … Continue reading What do YOU think are important technologies to track?

President Mary Sue Coleman on the “Innovation Deficit”

President Mary Sue Coleman, along with 163 other university presidents and chancellors, wrote an open letter in Politico to the leaders in Washington D.C. to close the "innovation deficit." in·no·va·tion def·i·citnoun [in-uh-vey-shuhn def-uh-sit] (From InnovationDeficit.org) 1. the gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education. 2. the flat or declining investment in … Continue reading President Mary Sue Coleman on the “Innovation Deficit”

CDC Spends $626,00 on the Future of First Responder Training

In my never ending quest to find innovative uses for technology in healthcare, I came across an article on the CDC’s most recent use of virtual reality for the training of their emergency responders. Apparently they value virtual reality tools a lot- $626,000 worth. As part of phase III of “Protecting the health, safety, resilience … Continue reading CDC Spends $626,00 on the Future of First Responder Training

The Speed of Innovation

A tip of the hat to my colleague Anna for sending this article along: The New Yorker recently ran a piece by Atul Gawande, surgeon and author of three bestsellers, including The Checklist Manifesto, examining why some innovations catch on and spread like wildfire, while others take decades to witness widespread adoption. His opening comparisons are between … Continue reading The Speed of Innovation